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ASUS Xonar Essence STX Sound Card (Page 8)

James Vozar | Jan 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm CST - 1 min, 0 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: ASUS

Testing - Performance in Movies and Games

Focusing on the performance with movies, as the Essence is not intended for decoding of movie soundtracks, it doesn't feature any onboard decoders for such use. Instead, you must pass the digital data from the films soundtrack through the Essence' coax digital-out to an outboard decoder like a home theater receiver to hear the soundtrack correctly. Another way would be to use headphones with Dolby Headphone to listen to movies using the on-board pre-amp. Either way works fine and will allow a fine high-fidelity reproduction of the films soundtrack.

ASUS Xonar Essence STX Sound Card

ASUS Xonar Essence STX Sound Card

Performance with games is not what I would call a primary concern of the Essence. However, it does support gaming through the latest Directsound 3D algorithms, which is better than having no support for gamers. But if you're a gamer first and foremost then I would not imagine you would have too much interest in the Essence anyway. I'm not going to go into great detail here, but yes, if you wish to use a board like this to game, you can up-mix using Dolby Live and Dolby Pro Logic 2x to create a phantom surround image. Of course, Dolby Headphone is also there for the same reason.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - James Vozar

James has been interested in all types of audio for the last 6 years or so. He began as a moderator at the very well respected 3dsoundsurge forums. From there he was offered a spot testing Philips Acoustic Edge sound cards in beta form. He then began writing for Hardavenue, which lasted about three years before it was acquired by Tweak Town Pty Ltd. For the past nine months, James has attended the SAE (School of Audio Engineering) institute in South Melbourne, Australia. He handles all of our sound card and speaker product reviews with very knowledgeable and in-depth analysis.

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